Cox sets career mark; Apps roll past on ULM, 42-17 (2016-11-20 03:21:20)

BOONE, N.C. – Running back Marcus Cox rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns to become Appalachian State’s career rushing leader, lifting the Mountaineers past UL Monroe 42-17 on Senior Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium.


App State (8-3, 6-1 Sun Belt) piled up a season-high 637 yards of total offense – 429 yards rushing – to finish the home season at 5-1. App also ended ULM’s (4-7, 3-4) bowl hopes with the win.

Cox broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to set the record and was mobbed by his teammates in the back of the end zone. He now has 4,819 career rushing yards, passing Kevin Richardson (4,804) for App’s top spot. 

"It was awesome for him tonight," said App State coach Scott Satterfield. "I was calling the plays for Kevin Richardson when he broke the record and it was awesome then but records are meant to be broken. Any time we are involved in  breaking positive records like that you have to love it. There is so much hard work that goes into
something like that. There are so many things that go into the record. Taylor Lamb broke the passing  record last year, I was there for that and when Armanti Edwards broke it as well. Records are meant to be broken. They really give you something to shoot for. When you recruit players and they look at  that it gives them an incentive and something to look at. We are here as coaches to help them break  those records, whatever they may be. For them to achieve something like that is records. We were  just as happy for the offensive line today as we were for Marcus. They put a lot of work and pride  into this offense and it is great to see something like this happen today.”

"That whole drive, going into that drive I had 27 yards left, everybody was telling me. After every play that I had a carry it was 15 yards, then that last one was 11 yards. Coach called a run and the line looked back at me and said we gotta get it, " Cox said.  "It was a read option, it opened up and they went to Taylor. So he handed it and I saw green grass and after that I knew what I had to get to get the record and I just have to score to make it even sweeter. It's probably one of my favorite plays. I'll always remember it. Once I got in the end zone, I really didn't know what to do or how to feel. And then all of my guys came over there, jumped on me, tackled me, and it was probably the best feeling ever."

The Mountaineers seized control early, scoring touchdowns on three of their first four drives to build a 21-3 lead. Cox had a 1-yard run to start the scoring on App’s opening possession. 

Quarterback Taylor Lamb joined in on the assault on the App record books on Apps’ second score. Lamb found Ike Lewis wide open behind the ULM defense for 60 yards and his 60th career passing TD. Lamb passed Richie Williams for second on the App career list.

App held ULM to 361 yards of total offense and harassed Warhawks’ QB Caleb Evans into 13-for-32 passing for 136 yards and a sack. Linebacker Eric Boggs finished with a team-high nine tackles and a sack for the Apps.

"Congratulations to App State, they played good, said ULM coach Mike Viator.  "I thought we competed for a while but we just  didn't make enough plays. The better team won tonight without a doubt. They ran the football and  made enough plays on defense, so all of the credit goes to Appalachian State."

App travels to New Mexico State next Saturday with a shot at finishing 7-1 in the Sun Belt on the line. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET in Las Cruces.



Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
UL Monroe 3 7 0 7 17
Appalachian State 14 7 14 7 42

09:48 APP - Marcus Cox 1 yd run (Michael Rubino kick), 5-85 1:39 0 - 7
05:35 ULM - Ford, Craig 27 yd field goal, 13-54 4:06 3 - 7
03:12 APP - Ike Lewis 60 yd pass from Taylor Lamb (Michael Rubino kick), 5-78 2:16 3 - 14

08:15 APP - Barrett Burns 3 yd pass from Taylor Lamb (Michael Rubino kick), 9-80 5:05 3 - 21
04:00 ULM - Evans, Caleb 4 yd run (Ford, Craig kick), 11-60 4:08 10 - 21

12:43 APP - Marcus Cox 5 yd run (Michael Rubino kick), 5-83 2:12 10 - 28
08:46 APP - Taylor Lamb 35 yd run (Michael Rubino kick), 6-70 3:10 10 - 35

14:56 ULM - Vaughn, Austin 16 yd run (Ford, Craig kick), 8-85 3:15 17 - 35
12:08 APP - Marcus Cox 25 yd run (Michael Rubino kick), 7-75 2:43 17 - 42


Team Statistics

                    ULM APP
R u s h i n g 13 17
P a s s i n g 7 10
P e n a l t y 2 0
Rushing Attempts 44 47
Average Per Rush 5.1 9.1
C o m p l e t i o n s - A t t e m p t s - I n t 13-32-1 14-22-0
Total offense plays 76 69
Average Gain Per Play 4.8 9.2
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 5-50 6-65
PUNTS-YARDS 5-201 2-75
Average Yards Per Punt 40.2 37.5
Net Yards Per Punt 36.2 37.5
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 1-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Possession Time 27:44 32:16
Third-Down Conversions 10 of 18 5 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 2 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-4 3-4
T o u c h d o w n s 2-4 3-4
Field goals 1-4 0-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-0 1-9
PAT Kicks 2-2 6-6
Field Goals 1-1 0-0
Points off turnovers 0 0


Individual Statistics

RUSHING: ULM - Vaughn 15-110-TD, Evans 12-55-TD, Koufie 12-34, Carter 4-15, Green 1-11. APP - Cox 21-153-3TD, Moore 13-135, Lamb 5-92-TD, Caruso 5-26, Deltron 1-18, Darrynton 1-7, Golden 1 - -2.

PASSING: ULM - Evans 13-32-I-136. APP - Lamb 14-22-208-2TD

RECEIVING: ULM - Perrier 4-47, Green 3-33, Holley 2-17, Carter 1-22, Mapps 1-10, Osborne 1-6, Vaughn 1-1. APP - Meadors 3-65, Cox 3-27, Hopkins 3-17, Capel 2-30, Lewis 1-60, Barbour 1-6, Burns 1-3.

Photo Courtesy: Marcus Cox, App State Athletics